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Articles by: Anjan Basu

India under Narendra Modi: A throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, or are we imagining things?

India under Narendra Modi: A throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, or are we imagining things?

We can choose not to see what we don’t want to – but we can do so only at our own peril As a boy, the German novelist Max von der Grun heard  the news of Hitler becoming the Reich Chancellor over the radio on 30 January, 1933 . Two days later, he and his family listened to Hitler speaking[Read More…]

The story of the higgledy-piggledy world of the Indian banking industry today

The story of the higgledy-piggledy world of the Indian banking industry today

Nothing happening in the country right now seems to surprise us any more, so  few people  took any notice of  a statement made recently by Injeti Srinivas, the Union Secretary of Corporate Affairs. Speaking on the sidelines of a CII event on 25 February, Srinivas defended a judgement, recorded by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) in the IL&FS[Read More…]

The Agony and Pathos of Lenin’s Last Days

The Agony and Pathos of Lenin’s Last Days

Ever the clear-eyed realist, Lenin knew what the Revolution had failed to achieve. And this knowledge tormented him in the last weeks of his life.                                                       Vladimir Lenin in the summer of 1923 There is a photograph of Lenin in a wheelchair, from sometime in the summer of 1923, in which he is flanked on one side by his[Read More…]

Noam Chomsky: the greatest living challenger of unjust power and delusions

Noam Chomsky: the greatest living challenger of unjust power and delusions

 On his 90th birthday, a tribute to the man whose life more than anyone else’s tells us what it takes to be human Six weeks after 9/11, Noam Chomsky was on a brief lecture-tour in India when one of his engagements took him to the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. There, in the Q&A after his talk, a budding[Read More…]

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